Q: What's the cost of hiring a car accident attorney?
While every vehicle accident attorney determines individual billing practices, most personal injury lawyers charge clients on a contingency fee basis.
Under a contingency fee arrangement, attorneys agree to represent clients with the understanding that they'll only be compensated if cases are resolved in the clients' favor.
How Contingency Fee Arrangements Work
Contingency fees are so named because they're contingent upon the outcome of a legal case. An attorney who charges contingency fees will only be compensated if and when the client receives either a vehicle accident settlement, or a court judgement stemming from a personal injury lawsuit.
Unfortunately, the damage created by a vehicle accident always extends far beyond the injuries it causes. Car accident victims are often faced with rapidly rising medical bills, coupled with loss of income when their ailments prevent them from returning to work. Under these circumstances, most people are in no position to pay attorney fees out of pocket.
Contingency fee arrangements allow victims of car accidents to protect their rights by securing the representation they need at no upfront cost. These arrangements also give attorneys a powerful incentive to work hard to secure maximum compensation for their clients.
Once the lawyer successfully resolves the case, attorney fees are deducted from the settlement or court award. Costs associated with the case, such as filing fees and the expense of hiring expert witnesses, will also typically be charged against the accident victim’s compensation.
If you were injured in a vehicle accident, you deserve compensation for property damage, medical bills, loss of income, and pain and suffering. A contingency fee attorney will fight to protect your rights and secure maximum compensation for the harm you’ve suffered.